Health & Social Care

This GCSE will give you thorough knowledge into Health and Social Care. This knowledge will give you the understanding and skills required to work effectively in any Health Care setting.

The GCSE Health and Social Care will actively engage students in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners.  Students are taught different aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early-years sectors through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations.  Students will explore  issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues.


Key Stage 4

What will my child learn?

The course is split into two units. 

Unit 1 – Understand Personal Development and Relationships

  • The stages and pattern of human growth and development
  • The different factors that can affect human growth and development
  • The development of self-concept and personal relationships
  • Major life changes and how people deal with them
  • The role of relationships in personal development

Unit 2 – Health, Social Care and Early years Provision

  • The range of care needs of major client groups (infants, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and later adulthood)
  • The types of services that exist to meet client group needs
  • The ways people can obtain care services
  • The barrier that can prevent people from gaining access to services
  • The main work roles and skills people need to be successful in the health and social care sector
  • The principles of care that underpin all care work with clients


What type of homework will be set?

Scenario and exam still questions will be set once per week for all students in all key stages.


How will my child be assessed?

Unit 1 is assessed by an external exam worth 40% of the final grade.

Unit 2 involved producing two separate assignments, within a controlled assessment environment on computers; they will be based on how the needs of a client group may be met by service providers in the local area.  The controlled assessment is worth 60% of the final grade.


How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Through encouragement and being actively involved in taking an interest on how their child is making progress within the subject, through talking to them about what they are learning in class, checking homework is being completed to a high standard, share any positive phone calls and post cards home with the child.   Attending all parents evenings with the child to build a relationship with the teacher to support and encourage maximum progress.


What can my child move onto with Health and Social Care?

Health and Social Care is a subject that enables students to gain the knowledge and understanding that will open a range of career opportunities including childcare, teaching, midwifery, nursing, occupational health, dietician, paramedic, social work, mental health services and counselling.  Students can also progress onto a level three A level or vocation subject in further education.